TELFORD: Almost £2.5 MILLION Handed In Legal Aid To Sex Offenders
It has emerged that legal aid for numerous Telford sex offenders reached a total cost of almost £2.5 million, amid the UK’s ‘worst ever’ grooming gang scandal.
The huge sum was spent defending seven suspected rapists and paedophiles, including £130,000 which went to the rapist and murderer of 16-year-old Lucy Lowe.
Following reports of the scale of the abuse scandal in the town, victims are outraged that the large sums of money were given to support the rapists rather than the survivors.
Azhar Ali Mehmood, who raped Lucy Lowe before burning down her house with the 16-year-old, her mother and her sister inside, was given £130,000 in legal aid in 2000, in which he was given a life sentence for his crimes.
However, he was only convicted of the murders – never of the abuse of 16-year-old Lucy.
The £2.5 million included support for rapist Ahdel Ali whose legal aid cost £470,812, his brother Mubarek (£424,228), Mohammed Islam Choudhrey (£350,000), Mohammed Ali Sultan (£398,205), Mohammed Younis (£269,387), Mahroof Khan (£443,732).
Abdul Rouf (£329,469) was never sentenced to prison time, but the judge ordered that a child prostitution charge should lie on his file.
One victim, who was raped by Sultan, said:
“I’m shocked to hear so much public money helped these men.
“It begs the question what could £3 million do for survivors. Many of us have needed extensive, specialist therapy.”